Well, I received iWork today, and was fairly impressed. I have briefly experimented with Keynote, and it was pretty much what I expected. I downloaded a few free themes, played around with modernizing some old powerpoint presentations I had sitting around, etc. Aside from creating the content for me, it should offer everything I need for the next time I need to give a talk.
Pages, on the other hand, was brand new for me - other than seeing the demo stuff at the keynote address and Apple’s website. I was impressed. The default templates are actually pretty good. You can either customize an existing template to suit your needs, or start from scratch. I modified one of the resumes, and was able to fairly easily replicate a LaTeX resume class that I really liked. It will now be much easier for me to update my resume within Pages, rather than working within LaTeX.
When I get some free time, I will continue to play around with Pages. I imagine that there will be sites (free and commercial) that spring up to distribute templates for Pages in just the same way that they arose for Keynote themes…
One thing I do like, however, is that you can edit a LaTeX file over a ssh connection, run pdflatex, generate a pdf, upload said pdf to your website, and then make use of your properly formatted pdf wherever you may be, even if you don’t have access to a nice page layout program. I did this once with a recommendation that I needed to write while I was at the hospital. The pdf printed nicely at work, and I didn’t have to try and force Word to behave… I won’t be able to do that with Pages. ↩